MPH Occupational Health / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Management of Occupationally Related Disease

Unit code POPH68811
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The practice of occupational medicine covers a broad range of industries, jobs and hence ‘exposures’, against changing demography and culture within the workplace and wider society.  The identification, management and prevention of occupationally linked disorders can be challenging and these topics are discussed within this unit, illustrated by specific industry examples. Topics explore occupational disorders within the context of respiratory, musculoskeletal, skin, infectious diseases, occupational cancers and medically unexplained symptoms (including bio-psychosocial challenges). 

Aims

This unit aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the steps required to identify whether a disease is work-related or not and to critically evaluate the management and prevention of specific occupationally linked disorders including aspects of chronic disease management. 

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes intend to:

  • provide an understanding of the main occupational disorders in terms of epidemiology, investigation, diagnosis, management and prevention;
  • enable students to critically examine the methods of identification of occupational disorders and their causes and to know when reporting of an occupationally related disorder is required;
  • illustrate the role of early detection of occupational diseases in their prevention and management and the range of methods by which this might be achieved; and
  • enable students to evaluate the role of risk assessment in the management and prevention of occupational disorders.

Syllabus

  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Occupational Infections
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Teaching and learning methods

Learning and teaching will take the form of online materials supported by online synchronous lectures, webinars, group discussion, tutorials, synchronous workshops and practical experience days where relevant or possible.

Blackboard will be used for course materials including group discussions, announcements and updating of content, relevant lecture slides and additional reading, written example sheets and for online formative assessments.

 

Knowledge and understanding

On completion, the student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate occupationally related diseases by body system, and advise on their prevention and management
  • demonstrate understanding of the range of industrial situations where disorders may occur, and be able to make an initial differential diagnosis and assessment of these diseases;
  • critically examine methodologies to classify and investigate occupational diseases;
  • identify and evaluate risk factors for occupational diseases;
  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of risk assessments in relation to causal agents.

Intellectual skills

On completion, the student should be able to:

  • critically examine knowledge limitations within occupational health, and identify the need to seek further (specialist) advice;
  • reflect on the impact of a wide range of influences (such as cultural background and intellectual capacity) on the working environment;
  • synthesise and evaluate the relevant medical and scientific literature relating to occupational health practice; and
  • demonstrate the ability to solve problems and make decisions about occupational health issues.

 

Practical skills

On completion, the student should be able to:

  • make an initial differential diagnosis and assessment of occupational diseases;
  • apply the principles of assessing fitness to work for people with occupational diseases; and
  • assess medically unexplained symptoms in the context of a workplace setting.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On completion, the student should be able to:

  • independently gather, organise, and evaluate information from a variety of sources and develop an evidence-based approach to clinical practice;
  • integrate knowledge of health, legislation, and business in the management of work-related issues affecting both individuals and groups of employees; and
  • apply the clinical knowledge of occupational diseases to wider clinical practice.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students will be able to make an initial differential diagnosis and assessment of occupational diseases.
Group/team working
Students will be able to critically examine knowledge limitations within occupational health, and identify the need to seek further (specialist) advice.
Problem solving
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to solve problems and make decisions about occupational health issues.
Other
Students will be able to apply the clinical knowledge of occupational diseases to wider clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Description

Weighting

Length

Written Occupational Ill Health Prevention and Management Assignment

100%

3,500 words

Feedback methods

Formative assessments with automatic feedback are available throughout the unit as an aid to understanding the course materials. Feedback for the summative assessments is provided by tutors via Blackboard. Students may also receive direct feedback from interaction with session leaders throughout the course of study.
 

Recommended reading

  • Agius R, Seaton A. Practical occupational medicine 2nd ed. London: Hodder Arnold 2005. ISBN 034075947X OR Tar-Ching A, Gardiner K, Harrington, JM. Occupational health (Pocket Consultants) 5th ed. Wiley-Blackwell 2006.  ISBN- 10 1405122218; ISBN-13 978-1405122214.
  • Hobson J and Smedley J (Eds). Fitness for Work: the medical aspects 6th ed. OUP 2019. ISBN 9780198808657.
  • Hendrick DJ, Burge PS, Beckett WS (Eds). Occupational disorders of the lung: recognition, management and prevention. London: WB Saunders 2002. ISBN 0702025070.
  • Hunter D. Hunter’s diseases of occupations 9th ed. London: Arnold 2000.  ISBN 0340677503.
  • Adams RM. Occupational skin disease 3rd ed. London:  WB Saunders & Co 1999.  ISBN 0721670377.
  • Adams JC, Hamblen DL. Outline of Orthopaedics 13th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone 2001. ISBN 0443070245.
  • Davis JR, Johnson R, Stepanek J and Fogarty JA (Eds). Fundamentals of aerospace medicine 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2008. ISBN 0781774667.
  • Waddell G. Models of Disability. Royal Society of Medicine 2002. ISBN-10 1853155314; ISBN-13 9781853155314.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Melanie Carder Unit coordinator

Additional notes

If you have any questions regarding the content of this unit, please contact the Course Unit Leader, Melanie Carder, via melanie.carder@manchester.ac.uk.

If you have any other queries, please contact the Programme Admin team via pgt-coeh@manchester.ac.uk.

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